Le Bunny Bleu

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{Wearing: Kenneth Cole Reaction trench, Jessica Simpson dress, Le Bunny Bleu flats, Alex and Ani bracelets}

“Simplicity is the key note of all true elegance.” Coco Chanel

You may remember when I showed to you a certain cat flat, around a year ago. Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the cat flat’s cousin, the bunny flat!
And what better day to wear bunny flats then Easter? I received these flats for Christmas, but since it was pretty snowy this winter, this has been my first chance to break out the flats!

This past week I have been on another Spring break, which has been absolutely lovely. I didn’t actually have time off from school when I went to Florida, so I had to make all of that work up. But hey, c’est la vie right? This week, we shopped, went to museums, ate out, and I caught up on many TV shows that I had not had time to watch before. I also got my learner’s permit so now I can drive! I’m horrible though, I need a lot more practice. Don’t worry though, my dad won’t let me leave empty parking lots until I prove I’m worthy. While we were out one day, I also discovered my new  favorite Starbucks drink which you MUST try if you go to Starbucks and want something super refreshing. It’s the passion shaken iced tea (I think) and it is delicious.

I also did a major overhaul of my closet, and that was no small feat. I definitely held on to way to many clothes I would never wear again, and it felt really nice to finally donate and give them away so they will go to good homes. Sometimes you buy clothes, and wear them a lot and then realize that clothes you once loved are just no longer your style. That’s when you give them new life by giving them away. It’s the circle of style. Well no it’s not, I made that up, but it sounds cool if you sing it to the Lion King tune.

So yeah, my closet is now more regular sized, and more efficiently stocked. This brings us to the above quote by Coco Chanel, about simplicity. That was my mantra for the week. Simplicity is the key to an organized wardrobe, and also an organized, happy spring break. And I suppose you could go one step further and say life? But let’s not get too crazy. :)

Hope you had an amazing Easter!

Love, Francesca

Spring Break

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Though I’ve been back from vacation for a little while, before I post some outfit posts, I wanted to share with you a few photos from Florida. The weather at home has been kind of nice recently, giving me false hope that perhaps there will be a Spring in store, but the forecast is predicting snow for Tuesday so I’m not getting too excited. That’s why I like to reminisce on the beautifully sunny weather from the Gulf Coast.

And if you’re wondering why you can’t see my face in most of these pictures, I mentioned being burnt in my last post. However at that point I didn’t know just how burnt. My face was swollen and blistering and not exactly,  well photogenic. I guess that’s what happenes when a pale northerner goes to the south after not seeing the sun in like 6 months. Who knew?

Wherever you are, I hope you’re taking a “spring break” in some form, even if that just means making tea in your keurig and sitting down to read magazines. It’s always important to take some time to unwind and relax.

P.S. I was honored to do a guest post on the beautiful Lily’s blog, Imperfect Idealist, if you would like to check it out! :)

Love, Francesca

This Side Of Paradise

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{Wearing: shirt c/o Aeropostale, Gap boyfriend jeans, A. Gianetti sandals, Alex and Ani bracelets, unknown sun hat, borrowed sunglasses}

Hello from Florida! As you may know, or guess from all the pictures with snow, I live pretty North in the US and haven’t seen the sunlight or warm temperatures in what feels like forever. But this week, I’m on vacation to Marco Island, Florida soaking up the sun. It’s so beautiful here, with the palm trees, sunny skies, and adorable beach towns. I’m on vacation with my best friend and her family and it’s been so much fun so far.

I’ve missed the beach and swimming, and not having to wear like 5 layers just to go outside. However, there is a drawback to getting all this sun. I’m super burnt, especially on my face, which is why I had to opt for the “hiding my whole face” look today. I’m wearing my new shirt for Spring from Aeropostale here, and absolutely love it. All of the clothes I bought from their spring line are beautiful and great for the beach and this amazing weather.

The last picture is from this place in Naples called Tin City. It’s an adorable boardwalk lined with little shops. We rode the Buffalo which I thought would be really intense but was actually super easy!

Love, Francesca

Pop Some Bubbly!

{Wearing: Francesca’s dress, Nine West heels, Alex and Ani bangles, unknown necklace. Maxi’s wearing a princess hat.}

“Walk like you have three men walking behind you.” -Oscar De La Renta

Don’t die in shock, but I’m updating my blog two days in a row! I can’t even believe it myself, haha. I would like to thank the Academy and…

It’s Oscars time!! I’m not too big into award shows usually but I always get excited for the Oscars. Not going to lie, mostly to see all the red carpet fashion but still. I’m eagerly awaiting Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let it Go” too, I love that song so much. My mom, my dog and I all had a dance party during Pharell’s performance too. That’s what the Oscars is all about right? Enjoying the entertainment industry. Anyways, I love getting dressed up to watch this awards show because it makes me feel just a little better that I’m not a major movie star wearing an Elie Saab Haute Couture gown. :)

That said, just wanted to post these and tell you my pick for best dressed. I loved Cate Blanchett’s dress, and Jennifer Garner’s but my number one favorite is Lupita Nyong’o. She looked so beautiful in her baby blue Prada dress. Definitely wonderful style inspiration, and I got a lot of ideas for prom!

Which were your favorite looks from the red carpet?

(P.S. The bubbly is ginger ale, in case you were wondering)

Love, Francesca

Denim on Denim

{Wearing: Free People tunic, gap white tee, unknown necklace, Ditto jeans, 80%2o booties}

Hey! These photos were taken inside a tea shop and book store. The weather has been horrible here, slushy and gray, and the outside just looks awful for pictures so we had to get creative and find a location that looked cute and quaint. This outfit is “denim on denim” which I was never sure was a trend I liked, but decided that I did like it if it was done right. A right way to do this trend is using pieces that are very different and different shades and tones of denim (like dark wash, light wash). Don’t use all the same shade and texture or you will look like Britney Spears and Justin Timblerlake at the American Music Awards in 2001. (Had to add that in there, it’s too funny.)

On the topic of Justin Timberlake, one of my favorite topics, did anyone see him on Jimmy Fallon’s show? Jimmy Fallon debuted on the Tonight Show about a week ago and Justin Timberlake was one of his first guests. It was probably one of the best tonight shows I’ve ever seen and they were so cute, singing and everything. If you want to check out their little “rap battle” it’s adorable and here’s the link.

I’m going to end this with one of my favorite quotes for a little “Saturday night inspiration”. Have a great weekend!

“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy.” They told me I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life.” -John Lennon

Love, Francesca

Is Winter Overall Yet?

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{Wearing: Free People overalls, combat boots from target. Victoria’s Secret button-down, Kenneth Cole Reaction trenchcoat, unknown necklace}

Happy NYFW! As you may know, this week was New York fashion week, and though I wasn’t anywhere near it, I was following some of the shows and just want to say my favorite trend: OVERALLS.

Three year old me would be happy to see me wearing overalls, and 16 year old me is pretty happy in them. When I saw Teen Vogue’s articles, and the ads, and the shows, and realized overalls were making a comeback I told my parents that these are a staple I need to have. And thus we have, my overall story.

I have wanted a pair for nearly a month, and looked everywhere. I found some online, but I wasn’t sure how they would fit, and didn’t want them to look “Osh-Kosh”. So I went to the mall and looked in American Eagle, which didn’t have them. Gap, which didn’t have them, H&M which had a black pair on a mannequin but were nowhere to be found in the store, and other stores. I surrendered and decided I would order online but then went to a different mall with a Free People last night, and got the perfect pair off of a mannequin in that store. Let’s just say I put them on and heard angels playing trumpets or whatever that thing is. You could also say I am crazy, that would not be a lie. :)

Long story short, I am a little in love with these overalls and you might be seeing a lot of them. Anyways, how was your Valentine’s day? I had a really nice day. At school, we had Valentine’s day off, because it was the kickoff to our mid-winter break, so the day before I had a locker party like last year, and handed out valentines. On Valentine’s day, my friends and I went to the movies and saw Endless Love, and went to a party. Now I’m excited because we are on a much needed break, and I can finally blog and relax!

Love, Francesca

Never Settle For Anything Less Than Butterflies

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{Wearing: Victoria’s Secret button-down, Tommy Girl skirt, Target tights, Eddie Bauer jacket, 80%20 booties, Yochi designs necklace, Lionette Ashley ring, Photos taken at Alternative Grounds Cafe}

This adorable cafe is the perfect setting for photos, especially for the casual vibe I wanted for these ones. I sort of wanted this look to be “walked out of bed and casually stumbled into some clothes and walked out the door”. But I can’t really fool you into thinking that’s true because everyone knows that one cannot stumble into tights. Those things are way too difficult to get on. Anyways, what I really wanted to convey is a cozy morning at a cute cafe look, where you can effortlessly sit there and play a game on your phone, drink your coffee (or shamrock smoothie) and have a nice conversation with someone (in my case my dad). So maybe you can see the story in the photos now, or maybe I’m overthinking this whole paragraph and they’re just photos. Yeah, probably the latter.

So recently I watched an episode of Sex and the City, which I catch on tv occasionally and enjoy but I haven’t gotten too into it. I didn’t realize until the end of the episode I was watching that I had just watched the series finale, and then I was upset because I know how it ends. Regardless, watching that show and especially the Carrie Diaries makes me realize how similar I am to Carrie. Not only does she want to be (and becomes) a journalist, which is my dream, and has an obsession with fashion (but don’t we all), and has blonde curly hair, but she also is an impossible dreamer with expectations for life higher than her heels (pun intended). That’s where our biggest similarity lies. She doesn’t want to settle for anything, and ends up going through a lot more trouble than she needs too. I admire Carrie because of her independence and her sense of justice. She is not one of those characters who let people walk all over her, but she also doesn’t have a a wall so high that she doesn’t let anyone in. So we could probably all take a cue from Carrie and “never settle for anything less than butterflies”. Except maybe settling for watching a show you already know the ending to, oh well. :)

Love, Francesca

Escargot

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{Wearing: Gap t-shirt, Juicy Couture jacket, Cynthia Rowley skirt, Le Bunny Bleu boots, Alex and Ani bracelets}

Hey! So I haven’t posted in a few weeks. I know it’s a lame excuse to say “I’ve been so busy” but I have been and it’s been hard to find time for pictures. So I’m sorry for not being around for a little while, and also for breaking my New Year’s resolution of “I’m going to post more!” so quickly! But I do have exciting news! If you’ve been reading this blog for around a year, then you might remember my Footloose post from last year’s school musical. I was a dancer and had a really small part last year, but this year my school is putting on the Wizard of Oz, and I am going to be the Good Witch, Glinda! I was beyond excited when I found out, and that’s one of the reasons I’ve been so busy. The play is a few months away but we’ve been practicing e everyday, learning lines and songs.

About this outfit, I received this skirt for Christmas and on the tag it said it was “escargot print” and I looked really closely to see it was covered in snails. I thought the snail skirt would go well with the jacket and then the boots and plain white tee…it wasn’t really that complicated. Although, I feel like even simple outfits can take forever to figure out. The process I go through to just come up with a simple outfit can take so long sometimes. Sometimes it will just jump out at me and others, I feel like I have an entire closet full of mismatched clothes.

So now that it’s a new year, I wanted to show you my “New Year Playlist” Last time I did a playlist post was in Summer so I think it’s due for another. Click on the links of the songs to be directed to their Youtube videos.

Hope you enjoy the songs, and I will be posting more regularly again!

Love, Francesca

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

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Merry Christmas!! I hope you had an absolutely wonderful Christmas and holiday season! My day was very fun, and I managed to even sleep in a little (8:00 am) instead of my usual “can’t sleep, must wake everyone up at 6 because it’s Christmas!!!”. My mom actually woke up first and then I followed suit and woke my sister and we waited while my parents got coffee and umm… double checked what Santa brought (wink wink) then my sister and I ran down the stairs stairing at the stockings and presents. We all opened presents and loved what we got. My mom has amazing taste and always gets things we love. Then my dad made breakfast and we all sat and had breakfast, which was delicious! We all then got ready to go to Buffalo and visit my family and celebrate Christmas with them. It’s always so nice to see my little cousins and play with them, and that’s what I did most of the night. How did you celebrate your Christmas?

One more fun fact: One of the highlights of my day was getting to watch the Today show because I always miss it since I’m in school when it’s on, so I was really really excited to watch today. Just can’t beat Kathy Lee and Hoda!

These outfit photos were taken at around 9:00 pm, on the way home from my Aunt’s. I said to my parents, “Wait! I need pictures for my blog! We can just take them quick!” So we literally pulled over outside of City Hall and snapped these pictures. I just wanted to show you my Christmas outfit, haha. It actually turned out to be fun, in a “hurry up so we don’t get towed away” sort of way!

Love, Francesca

Wonderful Christmastime

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Hi! This December has flown by! This isn’t really a good thing to me because this is (cue the music…) the most wonderful time of the year!

So here are some photos and highlights from my December so far. Obviously cuddling with my dog Maxi is always nice :) but I will admit how difficult it was to get this picture…she would not stop wiggling. She just has a LOT of energy. IMG_7861

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I went to an ugly Christmas sweater party last night, it was so much fun! I actually really like Christmas sweaters and actually don’t find them ugly, just cute and funny.

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Aaand the backs of the sweaters.

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Everyone and sweaters!

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Today I went sledding for the first time this year! Sledding is probably one of the best parts of winter in New York.

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10 days until Christmas!

Love, Francesca

Jingle Bell Rock

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{Wearing: unknown sweater and boots, thrifted vest, american eagle jeans, bracelet }

21 DAYS UNTIL CHRISTMAS.

Usually I put that at the end of the posts in December but I felt you need a reminder. Since I’m writing this at night it will be 20 days in a couple hours so even better. :)

Holiday specials are one of my favorite parts of this month. Tonight I watched the tree lighting at Rockefeller Plaza (on tv unfortunately) and then the holiday Saturday Night Live special which is the best thing ever. My favorite part is the sketch where the Justin Timberlake’s character and a guy dressed as Santa for the Salvation Army compete with their songs for people’s donations.

I still have english homework to do and it’s 10:45 at night so I’m going to sign off with a style tip and a question. Style tip: It’s December so if you wear a cozy knit sweater, jeans and a vest it’s a pretty much foolproof outfit! Question: what is your favorite drink at a coffee shop (starbucks or tim hortons or a local one)? Mine is normally a mocha iced capp but when it’s cold out, you can’t go wrong with a peppermint hot chocolate!

21 days until Christmas (again)!

Love, Francesca

Go Big or Go Home

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{Wearing: H&M top, vintage skirt, vintage headband (worn as belt) boat shoes, clutch}

“In my mind, being overdressed is not a bad thing at all. What’s the worst case scenario? That you are the best dressed person in the room?” Rachel Lee

Hi! Now that it’s Christmas season (my house is decorated and my tree is up so I’m officially in the holiday spirit), I figured I would put up my last fall related post. These photos are actually from October but they never made it on here so better late than never! I am planning on posting a lot more this December, and hopefully it can continue through the new year (another one of my resolutions haha) I’m planning on posting a winter makeup tutorial, giveaway, Christmas gift guides and other holiday related posts soo… stay tuned!

This outfit is a bit more formal, but I really like the full skirt trend and wanted to show you my take on it. It’s kind of hard to pull this off, even I changed to go into the grocery store, but I think that this is a wearable look to a holiday party or fancy dinner. If you’re going to wear a longer, fuller skirt definitely go sleek on top, wear something more form-fitting. I opted for a basic long-sleeve top but it would also look nice with a print. Also go for simple jewelry because you want to look very elegant, not overdone.

Tomorrow I’m going to the movies with my family to see Frozen, the new Disney movie! I am actually really, really, excited. I LOVED Tangled and this movie looks kind of similar so I’m pretty pumped. In December I usually watch a lot of movies because holiday movies are the best, so if you have any good recommendations for Christmas movies, let me know!

One last thing, if you haven’t seen the video of Taylor Swift, Jon Bon Jovi, and Prince William all singing together, you’re missing out. It’s so great, she looks so excited and the prince is so nervous, it’s just a really cute video, haha. Watch it here.

Love, Francesca

Thankful

Thanksgiving is a great time for reflection, to think about the things in your life that you are grateful for and couldn’t live without. There are so many things I am grateful for, it’s hard to list them all off. For my Creative Writing class at school, we had to make a list of 250 things we were thankful for. It wasn’t very hard at the beginning, then it got a little more difficult but my friends helped me finish the list in study hall. It’s things like that I’m thankful for. Help from friends that you don’t even have to ask for.  People always talk about how corrupt our world is, and how screwed up everyone is. When it comes down to it, however, I truly believe that there are more good things in life than bad, and if you focus on the good moments, then you will love your life. People go through rough times in life, it’s bound to happen. There are many deep, dark, inevitable things and there’s no way around it. But the moments of laughter and happiness and random times of fun, that’s what it’s all about. The relationships you create, the moments that you look back on and smile, the songs that remind you of different people, the times when people surprise you in the best way. I’m thankful for that. I know it’s cheesy, and probably sounds very idealistic but it’s Thanksgiving and it’s not about feeling sorry for yourself, it’s about being happy that you’re alive.

I read an article the other day about daydreaming and being stuck in your head. I can’t even tell you how much time I spend imagining random scenarios in my head that will probably never happen. I know it’s way too early to talk about New Year’s resolutions, but seeing as I never actually complete my New Year’s resolutions, maybe if I make it now I’ll actually keep it. I want to start being a little more brave, and working towards making those scenarios I want to happen actually happen. Because dreaming is very helpful as long as you work to make it happen, dreaming without doing doesn’t work so well. So this Thanksgiving, reflect on what you love and what makes you happy, and work on making the things you dream about a reality so you can be thankful for that. Maybe when I zone out in physics, it will actually be productive. Just kidding, another one of my resolutions is to pay attention more in physics. I’ve been working on it, I swear.

On another note, I would also like to say I’m thankful for Justin Timberlake, snow, romantic comedies, and coffee. Just a few of my favorite things.

Here are some photos of my friends and family (and maxi, my dog) to show a few more things I’m grateful for!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :D

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{Second photo credit to Erin Oveis Brant}

Love, Francesca

Somewhere Beyond The Sea

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{Wearing: H&M sweater and dress, target belt, thrifted denim jacket, unknown boots, headscarf c/o Mizpah Designs}

“Somewhere beyond the sea, somewhere waiting for me. My lover stands on golden sands, and watches the ships that go sailing” -Bobby Darin

As you read that little quote, I hope you can hear the song in your head! I feel like those are lyrics I cant read without singing to myself.

So in case you were wondering, yes those photos in the lake were taken this weekend and yes the water was completely freezing and it was super cold out. I like to call that dedication (or lunacy), either works.

This beautiful headscarf was sent to me by the most adorable Etsy shop, Mizpah Designs! It is such a lovely shop, with really pretty, quality headscarves! I received the scarf in the mail and it came in this really cute packaging (always a nice touch) and then I opened it and saw a beautiful, silky, colorful scarf! I definitely recommend checking this shop out! :)

I was going to go for a Bridget Bardot themed bohemian outfit vibe here, but then I just put of one of my favorite looks that I wear all the time, and accessorizing it a little more rustic. Sweaters paired with dresses has to be one of my favorite outfit combos right now because it gives you even more ways to style your dress without outfit repeating! Genius!

If this location seems a bit familiar, it’s because I actually went here for part of my photos for the last post! The day we took pictures last post was really windy and so we couldn’t take too many there, but I told my mom and dad that we had to go back this weekend and just see this place again, because it’s incredible! Like my own little piece of paradise, I can’t wait to see this little beach during the summer. We found it while just driving down the lake, looking for a pretty place to take photos, and my dad just pulled into this park and we drove a little further, and a little further and BAM! pretty beach. Not much else to say, but that it was a very lucky day.

Hope you all are having a great November so far, and are looking forward to Thanksgiving!

Love, Francesca :)

Not Your Boyfriend’s Jeans

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{Wearing: Bomber jacket, boyfriend jeans, and boots (all gifts from Aeropostale) thrifted button-down and faux-fur vest (similar here) and last 3 pictures featuring my friend Alejandra}

“Doubt is part of the creative process.”

Have you ever had a really hard time picking out what to wear? You probably have, because every once in a while everyone has those days when nothing seems to look right and you can’t decide what to wear. As I’ve previously mentioned, I’ve been a little…obsessed…with style books and magazines lately. I’ve always liked them, but recently I’ve been consulting them daily like they’re my best friend or something. I probably have a problem :)

Ever since I realized that I wanted to be a fashion journalist, it’s like I completely read the magazines differently, looking for things I would change if I had my own magazine, or at least any say. I’ve decided if I had my own fashion magazine, I would include a lot of street style photos, interesting editorials, and gripping articles about things the readers actually care about. Lots of magazines accomplish this, (my all-time favorite is Teen Vogue) but I would love to put my own spin on a magazine. So my newest dream/goal: start my own style magazine. Although I guess you could say I did the baby step to that in creating this blog, two and a half years ago. What is your dream goal?

Anyways, about the outfit, I have wanted a cute black quilted jacket for so long, and when Aeropostale let me pick out some of their items from their winter collection, I definitely couldn’t pass up this one! It’s really warm and adds a cool touch to this outfit! The boyfriend jeans, faux-fur vest, classic white shirt and boots make a very classic look, and the jacket completes it with the perfect amount of edge. Think classy meets sassy. Hiker meets biker.

I also kind of fell in love with these boots. They worked great for these outdoorsy pictures, but will also be so nice once it starts snowing (which is supposed to be tonight!!) Hunter Green is the new black. Actually, I have no idea, but it’s my current favorite color, so we’ll go with it.

Love, Francesca

Breakfast at Tiffany’s

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{Left to right; Me as Audrey Hepburn, Alex as a skeleton, Rachel as Lucile Ball, Hannah as an Irish dancer}

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Happy Halloween! I had a really fun day, we had a little Halloween party in my creative writing class at school, it was so cute! Then my friends and I got ready and went trick or treating. Even though we’re 16, we still like going because nothing beats candy. :)

I went as Audrey Hepburn! I wore a vintage polka dot LBD and a trench, and borrowed my friend’s velvet gloves and tiara. I used a Henri Bendel bag as my treat bag. I could not think of what I wanted to be for Halloween, then a week ago I saw this dress hanging in my closet and realized what it would be perfect for.

Did you dress up for Halloween? If so, what were you?

Love, Francesca

Live Like a Parisian

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“The French woman is not overdone in any way. The French woman fears nothing; she will go out without fixing her hair, with unpainted nails, and no makeup. Despite her apparent dishevelment, she remains elegant.” – Excerpt from Paris Street Style

I adore everything and everything about the classic “French lifestyle”. Granted, I’ve never been to France (unfortunately) and I don’t even know anyone from France, but I’m talking about the Parisian lifestyle in the movies, books, and how I like to believe people there live.

When I watch movies like Funny Face, with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire having a wonderful time in the city of love, I want to visit Paris so much. Or in Midnight in Paris, when Owen Wilson (I just call the characters by their actors because I don’t remember the names) travels back to the time period he believed Paris was in it’s golden age, the 1920′s. Everyone dressed beautifully back then (THOSE DRESSES), but in this current time period, I feel as though the effortless chic that Parisians do so well, is more elegant than ever.

This isn’t to say France is the only place that has that effortlessly chic style mastered, but they’re my example today because, quoting Audrey, “Paris is always a good idea.”

While in New York, I found two books at Strand, and sort of fell in love with them. One is Paris Street Style by Isabelle Thomas and Frederique Veysset, and the other is Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange with Sophie Gachet. These books are the best style guides I think I’ve read. They contain so much great style advice, and ideas that I have hardly put them down.

My favorite part out of both books, is the beginning of Paris Street Style, when the author writes about personal style. She describes style as our way of expressing ourselves, which is very true. When you think about it, personal style is like your own fingerprint. My wardrobe has so many thrifted pieces, and clothes from so many different stores, that it is pretty much impossible for someone to have the exact same wardrobe. Everyone’s collection of clothes is unique to them, and the way everyone designs their outfits is also particular to them and their preferences. I love reading style blogs, magazines, books and pinterest for outfit ideas, but when it comes down to standing in front of my closet at 10:00 PM picking out my outfit for school, my own brain has to put together the clothes using what I own.

This is why I respect a well put-together outfit so much. When someone goes shopping, even to the grocery store, or work, school, dinner or anywhere, they had to stand in front of their wardrobe and decide what clothes to wear with what, and what accessories to use with that blouse, or whether the gold earrings complements the skirt more than the silver ones. They had to put together the perfect outfit according to the weather, occasion, and mood they were in that day. Wearing clothes is so much more than a little shopping and “just throwing something on”. It’s a choice reflective on the person’s personality and taste.

I believe that people all over the world can dress like a Parisian. Dressing in an elegant, yet effortless way is a beautiful look that many people perfect every day. Always be proud of what you are wearing, because it’s your style. And next time you go grocery shopping, complement people on their outfits when you like them, because chances are, that outfit took a bit of planning and perfecting and now ended up being an outfit which you, in that moment of time, get to observe. You get to see their style, and their own personal interpretation of trends, and that is a beautiful thing.

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{Wearing: H&M top and jacket, thrifted shorts, tights from target, MMS bag, Crown Vintage shoes, Rachel Leigh necklace (worn as headband)}

Love, Francesca

Constance Billard

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{Wearing: Sweater was a gift, Vintage Burberry skirt, Bandolino riding boots}

Hey! This was one of the outfits I wore in NYC, and this is actually the one I wore for the Gossip Girl tour we went on. I was inspired by Serena’s style for season one, which is why this is a little preppy.

So I’ve been so excited to wear this skirt, but I can’t really think of  a lot of outfits for it. I got it while thrifting and couldn’t believe how lucky a find it was, a Burberry skirt. I thought about outfits though, and I figure you can’t go wrong with a sweater and boots with it, right?

The last two pictures were taken at a stop along the tour. This is the building they used as the school in Gossip Girl, and it was cool to see where they filmed and pretend we were Blair and Serena going to school. Oh gosh, I am waaay too obsessed with Gossip Girl.

Love, Francesca

New York, New York

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Hi! This past weekend was my sweet sixteen trip to NYC! My best friend and family and I all went to New York for a nice little trip. It was really nice to take a little break from school and have fun in the big apple.

Here are some photos from our trip, and a little guide about what I love and think everyone should go to in the city.

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1. Take a stroll around Central Park. Even though I live in a small town surrounded by nature, there is something special about walking through a beautiful park in the middle of a busy city. Also if you have time, go on a horse drawn carrige ride because they are really fun and beautiful. We didn’t go this time, but I have in the past and it’s one of my favorite NYC memories.

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2. Don’t take a mirror selfie in a public place. This picture was taken in our hotel room but we also took one in the in the lobby of the hotel and a random older guy jumped in our picture and asked us to go to the bar. My parents were around so we were safe but it was still a little creepy (and hilarious).

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3. Visit the Met and the Plaza. These are two classic New York places and they are great spots for a photo-op. If you’re a gossip girl fan like us, visit the Met because that’s where Serena, Blair and her minions all eat lunch.

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4. Minus 5 degrees Ice Bar, and Strand Books. The first picture is from Strand, a giant new and used book store three floors high, located in Greenwich Village. My dad is a big reader and he introduced us to this spot. I found some really great “Parisian fashion” books which I have definitely become obsessed with. And also the Ice Bar in the Hilton Hotel is awesome. It is made entirely out of ice and they make really great (non-alcoholic for me) cocktails.

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6. Favorite shopping spots for this trip: Henri Bendel and H&M. Bendel’s is a really great accessory store, and I love the headbands they sell there. My mom was really excited to see that it’s a spot on the Gossip Girl tour that we went on, because we can never visit the city without stopping here. I got a cute headband which will be in a future post. And H&M is a great place to shop for basic wardrobe pieces.

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7. Travel with friends and family. They make everything more fun, and fulfill your trip with laughs, memories, and great times.

Love, Francesca :)

September Song

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“Oh, it’s a long, long while from May to December, but the days grow short when you reach September, when the autumn weather turns the leaves to flame.” Frank Sinatra

As September comes to an end, I can’t help but think about how great of a month it was. I mentioned I was about to celebrate my sixteenth birthday in my last post, and it has come and gone in a flash. I had an amazing day and hope this year will be as good as the last.

This past week was my school’s homecoming. That’s another great thing about fall, is homecoming! One of our spirit days was “character day” and my field hockey team dressed up as the 101 dalmations (minus the 101 part, because there are only about 17 of us). Then on Friday was the powder puff football game (Juniors vs. Seniors). I had fun because we got to wear tutus, but I had no idea how to play so I just kind of ran around the field, hoping no one would pass me the ball. And Saturday was our Great Gatsby themed dance! I wore a blue polka dot dress (seen in this post) with a few strands of pearls and black heels. It was a fun night!

I hope you had a nice September too! And that you’re looking forward to an even better October!

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{Wearing; Tommy Hilfiger sweater, thrifted coat, vintage necklace, American Eagle jeans, Accessorize cat flats, belt from Target, vintage leather bag}

P.S. I’m wearing a sweater with a dog on it, but shoes with a cat face on them… who says dogs and cats can’t be friends? :)

Love, Francesca